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Rosewill RCAD-11003 USB3.0 Adapter For IDE/SATA Device
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Works great 11/27/2012

This review is from: Rosewill RCAD-11003 USB3.0 Adapter For IDE/SATA Device

Pros: Power adapter with switch.
IDE/SATA with switch.
USB 3 interface.
Pretty zippy even with USB 2.

Cons: USB cable not detachable.

Other Thoughts: Having IDE/SATA and power switches is very useful.
When the disk is not recognized, toggle one of two switches and voila!, the disk is recognized.
Previous one I had has no switches, and recognizing disk was rather iffy.

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Habey EMC-600S Silver Heavy duty 3mm aluminum Super-slim Mini-ITX HTPC/NAS/Server Chassis 60W
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Solid material/design. Not the best look, but not that bad either.
Small. Comes with the power supply.
There is a hole that you can install RP-SMA connector on side.

Cons: Power connector is on the side, not in the back, which limits the orientation of box.
No reset button.
Fit and finish can be better.
If you need the second and third RP-SMA connectors, you need to drill, which I did.
I wish there were two USB ports in front.

Other Thoughts: The box can be a perfect silent mini server at home.
I run a pfSense firewall with AMD geode mini ITX board with this. It's been a year in service, working great.

If you need more than 60W of power in this case, you are doing something wrong. The case does not have good ventilation, so you need to keep the power consumption minimal.
My Geode board eats about 15W at AC, and the box gets comfy warn without fan. I cannot imagine putting in CPUs other than ATOM, Geode or Hudson. Maybe, Sandy/Ivy bridge with 35W TDP CPUs are OK but then you may have to put in a fan.

The case is very sturdy, and can take some amount of punishment such as stepping on or being dropped. (LOL)

Obviously for this size, if you need a CPU fan, you need to look for 1U server heatsink.

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Intel BOXDH77DF LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Watch out if you are not using Intel cooler 11/19/2012

This review is from: Intel BOXDH77DF LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Full of features. Firewire, USB3, Intel NIC.
Pretty energy efficient.
With a Sandy Bridge CPU (G630T) + 80PLUS PSU, it idles around 20W at AC without disks. (I'm a little disappointed. I expected even less.)
16GB max memory.
I'm using this for FreeNAS home server. Between USB3 and Firewire, moving large data out from the box is relatively painless.
Ivy Bridge ready.

Cons: It cannot take the CPU cooler with back plate because of the surface mount components on the backside of motherboard interferes with it.
I was planning to use a large cooler as passive, but I had to use another cooler that uses push-pin style. (I don't like Intel's push-pins.)
I'm using ARCTIC Freezer 11 LP, and it's tight but works.

Other Thoughts: I have no need for video, I cannot comment on that. I hooked up monitor while setting up BIOS and first boot, but after that, it's monitor less.
Being unable to use the planned cooler was a mild annoyance. Looking at the back of motherboard now, I realize that there is no space for the back plate that exists for microATX and larger boards.
Live and learn.

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